Maestros and Their Music (NEW)

Onductor this is definitely worth reading if you any appreciation for or interest in classical The author a conductor himself talks about the history of conducting and interestingly the myriad choices that a conductor has to make to satisfy himalmost always himself as well as to meet the constraints of the musicians the management the schedule and so forth It s a very nice elucidation of something that does look and sound a bit like alchemy Disappointing DryI felt like I was at a dinner party listening to the author talk about random things in the conducting and music world He didn t go into enough depth or detail about specific things just snippets about this and that It was hard to stay interested He should have coauthored with a writer or journalist to make it engagingFor example he mentioned the conductor Muti a couple times but he didn t say anything meaningful about he didn t say anything meaningful about Was Muti good or not good and why Tell me something interesting about Muti And the same with ot. Esture with sometimes hundreds of performers at once; and the occasionally glamorous often challenging life of the itinerant maestro Mauceri who worked closely with Leonard Bernstein for eighteen years studied with Leopold Stokowski and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years is years studied with Leopold Stokowski and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years is perfect guide to the allure and theater passion and drudgery rivalries and relationships of the conducting life. A uniue and worthy book While it drags a bit in spots the middle of the 250 page volume is occupied by a big honking chapter on Relationships relationships with the composer the music the orchestra the audience the critics that dwarfs every other chapter and could have been cut down or split up for my money it s also a very educational book and its many ideas are backed up by thoughtful illustrative stories often personal anecdotes from the author himself about many of the world s great conductors composers performance spaces and musical works My favorite section is the final chapter which discusses the problem of whether to perform what people expect to hear or what the COMPOSER ORIGINALLY INTENDED THIS IS ILLUSTRATED IN PART BY originally intended This is illustrated in part by dilemma over how to perform a symphony by Bruno Mahler Mahler s original score says that one part of the orchestra is to continue briefly at a fast tempo while the rest comes in at a slow one creating a moment where the orchestra is playing at two diff. An exuberant uniuely accessible beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting from a celebrated conductor whose international career has spanned half a centuryJohn Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an whose international career has spanned half a centuryJohn Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an hugely informative consistently entertaining exploration of his profession rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside the greatest names. Maestros and Their MusicErent speeds ie not together This can sound like a mistake so for a long time no one performed it that way instead having the whole orchestra slow down or ritard together as the slower Instruments Enter But The Author Decides He enter But the author decides he to perform it In the opening moments of his fourth symphony Mahler seemed to be painting an aural image of a sleigh going by It does not slow down A completely different musical element begins without regard to the speed of the sleigh music Once I came to believe this was Mahler s intention I brought this c A wonderful series of essays on conducting It s part observation part autobiography and part insider s gossip I ve read several books by conductors and it s interesting that they rarely discuss individual musicians in the orchestras they lead They ll talk about directors and managers but rarely about oboists or bassists While the book is a bit repetitious and has at its center a bit of a shrug paraphrasing We don t really now what makes a great Of the music world With candor and humor Mauceri makes clear that conducting is itself a composition of legacy and tradition techniues handed down from master to apprentice and than a trace Of Ineffable Magic He ineffable magic He how conductors approach a piece of music a calculated combination of personal interpretation imagination and insight into the composer's intent; what it takes to communicate solely through